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Best Historical Fiction of 2018

  • FICTION

    TRANSCRIPTION

    SEPT. 25, 2018

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

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by Kate Atkinson

Another beautifully crafted book from an author of great intelligence and empathy. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE LAKE ON FIRE

    OCT. 16, 2018

FICTION

THE LAKE ON FIRE

by Rosellen Brown

A transporting drama of class and love, steeped in period feeling, written with beauty and conviction. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    LITTLE

    OCT. 23, 2018

FICTION

LITTLE

by Edward Carey

A quirky, compelling story that deepens into a meditation on mortality and art. Full review >

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    WASHINGTON BLACK

    SEPT. 19, 2018

FICTION

WASHINGTON BLACK

by Esi Edugyan

A thoughtful, boldly imagined ripsnorter that broadens inventive possibilities for the antebellum novel. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    PECULIAR GROUND

    JAN. 9, 2018

FICTION

PECULIAR GROUND

by Lucy Hughes-Hallett

A first novel stunning for both its historical sweep and its elegant prose. Full review >

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    CIRCE

    APRIL 10, 2018

FICTION

CIRCE

by Madeline Miller

Miller makes Homer pertinent to women facing 21st-century monsters. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE AIR YOU BREATHE

    AUG. 21, 2018

FICTION

THE AIR YOU BREATHE

by Frances de Pontes Peebles

Peebles’ detailed and atmospheric story is cinematic in scope, panoramic in view, and lyrical in tone. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
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    THE LOST QUEEN

    SEPT. 4, 2018

FICTION

THE LOST QUEEN

by Signe Pike

An unusual take on Dark Ages drama which may well command a following. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    CONFESSIONS OF THE FOX

    JUNE 26, 2018

FICTION

CONFESSIONS OF THE FOX

by Jordy Rosenberg

A singular, daring, and thrilling novel: political, sexy, and cunning as a fox. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >

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